Our president ran on the slogan “Make America Great Again,” which resonated with many voters. Since his election, however, his administration’s actions have prompted many citizens to declare “this is not my America.” There is much talk of a divided America, and some describe the upcoming midterm elections as a “fight for the soul of America.”
These tumultuous times demand national self-examination. If we can perceive this, not as a fight, but an opportunity to contemplate what America’s soul is or ought to be, then we can use our voices and votes to clearly define the principles America will adhere to, and which will collectively describe us.
For most of us, the Constitution is the primary set of these principles. I have also been reflecting on the permanent legacy of one great American, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If you have not read it recently, I urge you to do so.
You will see the strong influence of our Constitution, and of principles that call upon all nations to expand their souls to generously embody care and concern for all peoples. The principles embodied in these two documents are nonpartisan. Together they represent what the soul of America can be.
Our elected officials swear to uphold the Constitution. In addition, when political candidates want my vote, I will ask them to pledge to conform their decisions to the universal declaration. Whatever your party affiliation, I invite you to do the same. And to hold them to it.